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Pierce Manufacturing Inc. is a fire truck manufacturer located in Appleton, Wisconsin. It was acquired by Oshkosh Corporation in 1996 and is a wholly owned subsidiary.

HistoryEdit

The company was originally founded in 1913 by Humphrey Pierce and his son Dudley as the Pierce Auto Body Works Inc., and concentrated on building custom truck bodies for the Ford Model T. From the 1960s to the early 1980s, Pierce was primarily known for building custom bodies on commercial and other manufacturer's custom chassis, and was considered an OEM.

Although the Arrow name was used for their first custom chassis which debuted in 1979, the company has no affiliation with George N. Pierce's famous Pierce-Arrow Motor Car Company of Buffalo, New York, which operated from 1901 to 1938. However, the Pierce-Arrow Motor Car Company coincidentally supplied 8- and 12-cylinder engines to Seagrave for use in their fire apparatus. These engines continued to be made even after Pierce-Arrow ceased operation in 1938. Seagrave continued to deliver fire apparatus with the "Pierce-Arrow" V-12 until 1970.

Throughout the years, Pierce has had partnerships with various other manufacturers, notably when it came to aerial devices (they now engineer and build all their own aerial devices in-house). Such aerial manufacturers included Snorkel, Pitman, Aerial Innovations (AI), Ladder Towers Incorporated (LTI), Smeal, Bronto Skylift and NovaQuintech (whose assets Pierce/Oshkosh acquired in 1997). In addition to their main facilities in Wisconsin, they also have facilities in Bradenton, Florida. The Florida facility is a manufacturing site for the Contender and Responder line of apparatus, as well as a refurbishment center.

ProductionEdit

Pierce Manufacturing Inc. build pumpers, tankers, aerials, rescues on their own custom chassis and on commercial chassis.

Custom chassisEdit

Current custom chassisEdit

Discontinued custom chassisEdit

AerialsEdit

Ascendant Class of AerialsEdit

LaddersEdit

Model Production Custom Chassis Rear Axle Ladder Reach Operating Range Payload / Flow Capacity Stabilizers Body Styles Tank Capacity PUC Availability
75' Aluminum Ladder 2004-present Arrow XT, Dash CF, Enforcer, Impel, Quantum, Velocity Single 75' vertical / 67'-9" horizontal -8° to 76° 750 lb dry / 500 lb while flowing 1500 US GPM 1 set of H-style outriggers (16' jack spread) Quint, No pump/no tank Up to 500 US gallons Yes
75' Heavy-Duty Ladder 1992-present Arrow XT, Dash CF, Enforcer, Impel, Quantum, Velocity Single or tandem 75' vertical / 69' horizontal -5° to 75° 500 lb dry or while flowing 1000 US GPM 1 set of H-style outriggers (16' jack spread) Quint, No pump/no tank Up to 500 US gallons Yes
100' Aluminum Ladder 2006-present Arrow XT, Dash CF, Quantum, Velocity Tandem 100' vertical / 91'-7" horizontal -8° to 76° 750 lb dry / 500 lb while flowing 1500 US GPM 2 sets of H-style outriggers (12' jack spread) Quint, No pump/no tank Up to 750 US gallons Yes
100' Heavy-Duty Ladder Arrow XT, Dash CF, Quantum, Velocity Tandem 100' vertical / 94'-1" horizontal -8° to 75° 750 lb dry / 500 lb while flowing 1000 US GPM 2 sets of H-style outriggers (12' jack spread) Quint, No pump/no tank Up to 750 US gallons Yes
105' Heavy-Duty Ladder 1992-present Arrow XT, Dash CF, Enforcer, Impel, Quantum, Velocity Tandem 105' vertical / 100' horizontal -8° to 75° 750 lb dry / 500 lb while flowing 1000 US GPM 2 sets of H-style outriggers (Up to 16' jack spread) Quint, No pump/no tank Up to 750 US gallons Yes

PlatformsEdit

Model Production Custom Chassis Rear Axle Ladder Reach Operating Range Payload / Flow Capacity Stabilizers Body Styles Tank Capacity PUC Availability
100' Heavy-Duty Platform 1991-present Arrow XT, Dash CF, Quantum, Velocity Tandem 100' vertical, 93' horizontal -5° to 75° 1000 lb dry / 500 lb while flowing 3000 US GPM 2 sets of H-style outriggers (18' jack spread) Quint, No pump/no tank Up to 500 US gallons Yes
100' Aluminum Platform 2009-present Arrow XT, Dash CF, Quantum, Velocity Tandem 100' vertical, 92' horizontal -11.5° to 76° 1000 lb dry / 500 lb while flowing 2000 US GPM 2 sets of H-style outriggers (16'-6" jack spread) Quint, No pump/no tank Up to 500 US gallons Yes

Sky BoomsEdit

  • 55'
  • 61'

Discontinued productsEdit

  • 85' heavy-duty platform (1998-2019)
  • 95' mid-mount platform (2000-2018)
  • 100' Sky-Arm platform (1998-2012)
  • 116' Bronto Skylift platform (2011-2014)
  • 100' medium-duty tiller (19??-2017)
  • 100' heavy-duty tiller (19??-2017)
  • 100' medium-duty ladder (????-2019)
  • 100' mid-mount ladder (????-2019)

PumpersEdit

  • pumper 
  • rescue pumper
  • snozzle (50' or 65')

RescuesEdit

  • walk-around
  • walk-in
  • combination
  • Encore
  • command

TankersEdit

  • pumper tanker
  • dry-side tanker

SourcesEdit

  • McCall, Walter M.P. Illustrated Encyclopedia of American Fire Engine Manufacturers. Hudson, WI: Iconografix, 2009.
  • Pierce Manufacturing history

External LinksEdit

Pierce Manufacturing Inc.

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